BJR still chasing greater consistency with ZB Commodore

Mat Coch

Wednesday 11th April, 2018 - 5:31pm

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Brad Jones Racing is focused on achieving greater consistency with its new Holden ZB Commodore following its positive start to the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

In the eight races so far this season, BJR has featured inside the top 10 on seven occasions, including two podiums for Nick Percat at Round 2 in Albert Park.

It comes off the back of a difficult 2017 which saw the Albury-based team forced to seemingly continually repair or rebuild damaged cars.

With no such interruptions so far in 2018, the team has instead been able to focus on learning the new car and improve its consistency.

“Last year was a pretty tough year for the team. We spent a lot of time repairing things and when you do that it stretches your resources a little bit,” team boss Brad Jones told Speedcafe.com.

“I feel we’re more competitive but I’m not feeling like we’re as consistent as I’d like to do be,” he added.

“We were just outside the top 10 in Adelaide, and inside the top 10 at the Grand Prix (with a) couple of podiums, and then we’re sort of somewhere in between that (last) weekend.”

Despite the solid results already this season, Jones isn’t reading too much into the early results.

Instead, he’s looking at ironing out the fluctuations in the team’s performances as it learns the new car.

“It’s pretty early to know exactly where you are, I think. Everyone’s learning the ZB and I think there’s bits of it that we’ve got on top of relatively quickly and some of our performance has come from that.

“For Nick as an example, when it’s good it’s great and when it’s not he really struggles where Tim is a little more consistent, but like I keep on saying, it’s just a matter of understanding it.

“And it’s really like that with all three cars. Tim Blanchard is also struggling a little bit with the car, and then we get it right and then it’s good. It’s the same for everyone but we actually feel like this car is a little easier to tune.”

In the drivers’ championship, Percat sits eighth, the highest of the team’s three drivers, with Slade 10th and Blanchard 23rd.

The Supercars Championship next heads to Phillip Island, where Brad Jones Racing chose to shakedown its cars during pre-season in order to glean an understanding of the ZB’s aerodynamic package, on April 20-22.

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